Hip Mobility and Athletic Performance
The hip girdle area is anatomically complex. There are over 15 muscles that are associated with the hip area, each working together to give the hip joint mobility. As you can predict, having a tight muscle or group of muscles can impede the full range of motion. Thus, improving your hip mobility will not only increase athletic performance but can also help prevent lower back pain/injury and boost explosive movements. Good hip flexibility encourages an athlete to perform movements more efficiently and allows them to assume biomechanically effective body positions in all sports, thus increasing athletic performance. Lower back injury is a common injury among athletes, especially in the weight room when proper technique is not executed. If mobility and strength in the hips are limited, an athlete will then compromise with lifting weight with their back muscles. These muscles are susceptible to injury, especially when lifting heavy loads.
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